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PSP2 Revealed

Code-named NGP (Next Gerneration Portable) this successor to the PSP was announced at the PlayStation meeting in Tokyo. I’ve always been in Nintendo’s corner when it comes to handheld gaming but Sony’s NGP does turn my head a bit.

No word on a price or a release date yet.

Here are some features and specs…

Via PlayStation.com

CPU ARM® Cortex™-A9 core (4 core)
GPU SGX543MP4+
External Dimensions Approx. 182.0 x 18.6 x 83.5mm (width x height x depth) (tentative, excludes largest projection)
Screen
(Touch screen)
5 inches (16:9), 960 x 544, Approx. 16 million colors, OLED
Multi touch screen (capacitive type)
Rear touch pad Multi touch pad (capacitive type)
Cameras Front camera, Rear camera
Sound Built-in stereo speakers
Built-in microphone
Sensors Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer), Three-axis electronic compass
Location Built-in GPS
Wi-Fi location service support
Keys / Switches PS button
Power button
Directional buttons (Up/Down/Right/Left)
Action buttons (Triangle, Circle, Cross, Square)
Shoulder buttons (Right/Left)
Right stick, Left stick
START button, SELECT button
Volume buttons (+/-)
Wireless communications Mobile network connectivity (3G)
IEEE 802.11b/g/n (n = 1×1) (Wi-Fi) (Infrastructure mode/Ad-hoc mode)
Bluetooth® 2.1+EDR (A2DP/AVRCP/HSP)

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXR1MbAOGLM

Now I don’t do a ton of handheld gaming. But for those who do I’d say this upcoming portable looks epic. The graphics look stunning and you’ll be able to carry around games like Uncharted and Little Big Planet. The device will also support the PlayStation Trophy system so you’ll be able to earn on the go!

Thoughts on this announcement? Planing to get your hands on one?

 
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Posted by on January 27, 2011 in Handheld, Uncategorized

 

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Angry Birds to take over Sony this week

Ok not really, but Angry Birds is coming to PSP this week according to PlayStation’s Blog. So if you have totally missed the Angry Birds boat because you still have a crappy flip phone, now is your chance.

Angry Birds — The survival of the Angry Birds is at stake. Dish out revenge on the green pigs who stole the Birds’ eggs. Use the unique destructive powers of the Angry Birds to lay waste to the pigs’ fortified castles. Angry Birds features hours of gameplay, challenging physics-based castle demolition, and lots of replay value. Each of the 63 levels requires logic, skill, and brute force to crush the enemy.

Somehow I feel that Nintendo and Microsoft will soon follow suit, but no word on this awesome game coming to DS, Wii, or 360 yet. With the numbers it’s putting up on the mobile phone market they would be foolish not to get in on it.

 
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Posted by on January 3, 2011 in Handheld, Mobile Game

 

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Handhelds being overshadowed by mobile gaming?

Earlier this week Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter brought up some interesting points regarding the handheld gaming market and its future.

Via 1up.com

“We’re not even close to saturated on the videogame consoles, and we are way approaching saturation on the handheld market,” Pachter argued during his Pach Attack segment on Gametrailers.com this week. “We’re starting to see DS hardware sales crack. I think the ubiquity of the iPod Touch is cutting into the handheld market.”

He also went on to comment that he feels that the “PSP2 will be dead on arrival”. Personally I agree with some of his observations. Mobile gaming via iPhone/iTouch or Android phones are becoming a popular alternative to handheld games. What Pachter says basically is why would parents/gamers shell out for a handheld system when you have decent (cheap, sometimes free) games right on your phone?  

While I have always kept up with the Nintendo handheld systems I never really put a ton of playing time into them the way I do my consoles. Sure when the latest Pokemon comes out I might pick up my DS over my 360 controller but that doesn’t last long.

Mobile games are just more convenient when you’re on the go or somewhere you don’t have access to a console. But does it take the place of an actual handheld like a DS or PSP?

Yes and no depending on what you look for in your games. Lengthy games like Pokemon or Mario based games need a little bit more than what a mobile game can handle. For one, games like that would eat your phone battery in a heartbeat. Not only that but some games need more than just touch screen controls.

Personally I don’t think Nintendo handhelds are dying anytime soon. As for Sony, well it’s always been a bit of a struggle in that market. With the 3DS on the way, I take Pachter’s view about the PSP2 being “dead on arrival”.

 
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Posted by on December 8, 2010 in Handheld

 

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